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Post From the Past: The Half-Sock

By Carissa Tobin

THU APR 30, 2020

Happy Throwback Thursday. I've discovered a way to lessen my writing load just a bit - that's right; I'm going back into the archives.

Small wins!

This first Throwback Thursday is brought to us by Megan. Per her request, let me (re)tell you the story of the Half-Sock, originally published on Good Work, Great Life on January 12, 2018, as "Be Good at the Half Sock."

Have you ever tried going to bed with cold toes? Who can fall asleep that way?

But have you ever awoken in the middle of the night, just a little overheated? Oh, if you could only get those socks off... but it's just so much work.

Or is it?

Not when you're wearing what I call the "half-sock."

The half-sock is really a whole sock. But rather than pulling it up to ankle or calf length, you do not secure the sock over your heel. It is this action, or inaction, that turns it into a half-sock.

Half on, half off. The half-sock.

When I looked this post up, I thought I had written it just this year, when in fact, it was two years ago. I wonder how many of you have adopted this practice in the past couple of years based on my sound advice?
When I looked this post up, I thought I had written it just this year, when in fact, it was two years ago. I wonder how many of you have adopted this practice in the past couple of years based on my sound advice?

Yes, the half-sock dangles from your toes when you walk around, but it's not meant to be worn around town or the condo. The half-sock is a sleeping accessory, like a nightcap or sleepmask.

Wearing the half-sock, you fall asleep with warm toes. It's really toes that get cold; not heels. So who cares if the heels are exposed?

If you wake up in the night feeling warm, you can easily slide the half-sock off using just your feet! No need to bend your knee and pull your foot towards you or awkwardly shimmy your body into a position where you can reach your toes.

Are there any downfalls to the half-sock?

Just one.

If you don't remember to track down your half-socks (halves-sock?) in the morning, you can get a whole lot of half-socks accumulating in what Megan and Cameron call the shamper** at the foot of the bed.

Tonight when you're getting ready for bed, give your feet a treat and try a half-sock or two.

You'll discover for yourself: two half-socks do make a right.

**In my original post, I misremembered the name and called it a bamper (bed hamper). Megan has assured me that it's actually called a shamper (you know, sheets).